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Reports: Arizona governor likely to veto anti-gay religious freedom bill

| Tuesday, February 25, 2014
APGov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)
Arizona governor Jan Brewer is likely to veto a controversial "religious freedom" bill that would allow business owners with to deny service to gay people, reports NBC News, citing sources close to the governor who are "familiar with her thinking."

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Super Bowl committee, more than 80 companies call for veto of anti-gay bill

| Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Ross D. Franklin, APAnthony Musa (left) and Brianna Pantillione rally in Phoenix against a bill that would let business owners refuse to serve gay people on religious grounds.
The Super Bowl host committee, the NFL and more than 80 major companies doing business in Arizona have called on Gov. Jan Brewer to veto SB 1062, a bill that would allow business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to deny service to gay people.

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State senator tells Anderson Cooper there’s no discrimination in Arizona

| Monday, February 24, 2014
Cooper-Melvin
In an interview with Anderson Cooper on Monday, Arizona GOP state Senator and gubernatorial candidate Al Melvin defended Arizona's SB 1062, the controversial the bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against gays based on religious beliefs.

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Holder to state attorneys general: You don’t have to defend marriage bans

| Monday, February 24, 2014
Manuel Balce Ceneta, APAttorney General Eric Holder
WASHINGTON — State attorneys general are not obligated to defend laws in their states banning same-sex marriage if the laws discriminate in a way forbidden by the Constitution, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told his state counterparts Tuesday.

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SB 1062: ‘One of the saddest days I have ever had as an Arizonan’

| Monday, February 24, 2014
Ross D. Franklin, APMargaret Jean Plews works on a chalk drawing as she joined nearly 250 gay rights supporters protesting SB1062 at the Arizona Capitol, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Phoenix.
On Feb. 20, the Arizona State Legislature passed the discriminatory Senate Bill 1062, which was identical to House Bill 2153 when it was considered in the Arizona House of Representatives. This bill promotes extremism and would create opportunities for discrimination against classes of people who are not protected by federal laws. It was designed to target the LGBTQ community and to undermine the local governments in Arizona that are passing civil rights laws to protect the LGBTQ community...

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Clerk says he was chastised for ‘feminine behavior,’ fired because he’s gay

| Monday, February 24, 2014
The Des  Moines RegisterWayne Shimer
DES MOINES, Iowa -- An Iowa man is suing a convenience store chain he claims fired him because he's gay, and alleges in court documents that he was chastised by his former boss for "feminine behavior."

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Pressure mounts over Arizona’s anti-gay religious freedom bill

| Monday, February 24, 2014
Ross D. Franklin, APJo Beaudry holds up a sign as she joins nearly 250 gay rights supporters protesting SB1062 at the Arizona Capitol, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Phoenix.
PHOENIX — Republican Gov. Jan Brewer faced intensifying pressure Monday from CEOs, politicians in Washington and state lawmakers in her own party to veto a bill that would allow business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to deny service to gay people.

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Three Ariz. GOP senators who voted for anti-gay bill now calling for veto

| Monday, February 24, 2014
Arizona state Sens. Bob Worsley, Adam Driggs and Steve Pierce.
PHOENIX -- Three Republican Arizona state senators who voted for a bill that has triggered a national backlash from gay rights advocates are now urging Gov. Jan Brewer to veto the legislation.

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Kansas tea party group renews push for anti-gay ‘religious freedom’ bill

| Sunday, February 23, 2014
Kansas Statehouse in Topeka.
WICHITA, Kan. — A Wichita, Kan.-based tea party group has launched an email campaign urging its members to pepper state lawmakers with messages in support of a bill that allows service refusal to same-sex couples on religious grounds.

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GOP U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake of Ariz. says he hopes governor vetoes anti-gay bill

| Saturday, February 22, 2014
APU.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)
U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said Saturday that Arizona governor Jan Brewer should veto legislation that would allow business owners to cite their religious beliefs in refusing to serve gay and lesbian customers and others.

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